Deportation decision delayed for ex-truck driver in Humboldt Broncos bus crash case

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The Canada Border Services Agency is to write a report recommending whether Jaskirat Singh Sidhu should be allowed to remain in his adopted country or be deported.Kayleigh Nice/The Canadian Press

A decision on whether a former truck driver who caused the Humboldt Broncos bus accident should be deported to India is unlikely to come until the new year.

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Earlier this year, 33-year-old Jaskirat Singh Sidhu’s lawyer sent a massive amount of paperwork to the Canada Border Services Agency, arguing why he should be allowed to remain in Canada after the completion of his sentence.

Sidhu was sentenced to eight years in prison for causing death and bodily harm due to dangerous driving in an April 2018 collision that killed 16 people and injured 13.

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The court was told that Sidhu, a newly married permanent resident, had missed a stop sign at a rural Saskatchewan intersection and got in the way of a Broncos bus carrying players and staff to a Junior Hockey League playoff game.

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Write a report to the Canada Border Services Agency recommending that he be allowed to remain in his adopted country or be deported. The deadline for submitting the paperwork was November 28, but it has been delayed by a month.

Calgary immigration attorney Michael Green said in an interview with The Canadian Press, “Since it’s been a long time since we’ve given our original submissions, they ask us to update our information with any new information before making a decision.” Wanted to give the opportunity.”

Green said there isn’t a lot of new information to submit, but he wants to be thorough and has asked for some updated corrective reports.

“The psychologist (Sidhu) is going to pay another visit to see if there has been any change in his mental health that could affect his report,” he said.

“We believe we presented a very strong package at first, but on the other hand, it’s a difficult decision and we don’t want to go back and say, ‘Oh, we missed something that we should have done. . There.”‘

The 415 pages sent to the federal agency include letters from Sidhu’s family, the public and three Broncos families, including Scott Thomas, whose 18-year-old son Ivan died in the accident.

“I know for a fact that (Sidhu) will never drive a semi again. I know for a fact that if he could take back what happened that day he would be in a heartbeat. He will do business with one of those boys,” Thomas said earlier this year.

Greene said he was surprised by the positive response to the case, especially after his client spoke to some media outlets to tell his story.

“It’s hard because I think most Canadians feel real pain and anguish for the victims and I expect it to cause a lot of anger, and surprisingly it didn’t,” Green said.

“It never leaves (Sidhu) so he is battling his own post-traumatic stress like so many people who have been affected by it. He… is really committed to making something positive out of a terrible situation. ,

Chris Joseph, whose son Jackson also died in the accident, is one of several families in the Broncos who have written to Sidhu to be deported. He said that this is the law and the laws are there for a reason.

“I can appreciate how 29 families may feel differently about him, but in my view, the deportation case is not about forgiveness. It’s not about how you feel about a person. It’s not about whether you think he made a single mistake,” Joseph said.

“If he’s exiled, maybe I can mess with the idea of ​​considering pardon. But if he’s not banished, we’re going to get hurt even more and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to do that.” I can reach the place.

Greene said his client has not sought parole and was only transferred from medium security to minimum security in late August.

Either way, the lawyer said, Sidhu will not leave the country immediately.

“There are other procedures in place and he’s not getting on the plane any time soon, even if they decide what they want to do.”

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